Getting the Most Value from Employee Resource Groups

ERGs are not social clubs. They are employee groups that can make significant contributions to organizational success when structured and managed as value generators.
— By Lisa Trumbull

It may be tempting to think of employee resource groups (ERGs), a subgroup of employees with shared goals, primarily as social clubs where people connect and exchange information. ERGs are not social clubs, though people do interact and network. An ERG that is properly utilized generates measurable value for its participants and the organization. It must be properly structured, mission- and goal-driven, and managed as a strategic employee group that enhances organizational success by addressing the unique needs of and giving voice to diverse perspectives in the workforce.

ERGs can be powerful groups that influence management decision-making, workforce cohesiveness, organizational culture, networking opportunities, and development opportunities for the next ...

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